Job 15:20
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New International Version
All his days the wicked man suffers torment, the ruthless man through all the years stored up for him.

New Living Translation
"The wicked writhe in pain throughout their lives. Years of trouble are stored up for the ruthless.

English Standard Version
The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, through all the years that are laid up for the ruthless.

New American Standard Bible
"The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, And numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless.

King James Bible
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

Holman Christian Standard Bible
A wicked man writhes in pain all his days; only a few years are reserved for the ruthless.

International Standard Version
"The wicked person writhes in pain throughout his life, a number of years has been reserved for the ruthless.

NET Bible
All his days the wicked man suffers torment, throughout the number of the years that are stored up for the tyrant.

New Heart English Bible
the wicked man writhes in pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

GOD'S WORD® Translation
"The wicked person is tortured all his days. Only a few years are reserved for the ruthless person.

JPS Tanakh 1917
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

New American Standard 1977
“The wicked man writhes in pain all his days,
            And numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless.

Jubilee Bible 2000
The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden from the violent.

King James 2000 Bible
The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden for the oppressor.

American King James Version
The wicked man travails with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

American Standard Version
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, Even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

Douay-Rheims Bible
The wicked man is proud all his days, and the number of the years of his tyranny is uncertain.

Darby Bible Translation
All his days the wicked man is tormented, and numbered years are allotted to the violent.

English Revised Version
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

Webster's Bible Translation
The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor.

World English Bible
the wicked man writhes in pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor.

Young's Literal Translation
'All days of the wicked he is paining himself, And few years have been laid up for the terrible one.
Study Bible
Eliphaz: Job Does Not Fear God
19To whom alone the land was given, And no alien passed among them. 20"The wicked man writhes in pain all his days, And numbered are the years stored up for the ruthless. 21"Sounds of terror are in his ears; While at peace the destroyer comes upon him.…
Cross References
Job 15:19
To whom alone the land was given, And no alien passed among them.

Job 15:24
"Distress and anguish terrify him, They overpower him like a king ready for the attack,

Job 24:1
"Why are times not stored up by the Almighty, And why do those who know Him not see His days?

Job 27:13
"This is the portion of a wicked man from God, And the inheritance which tyrants receive from the Almighty.
Treasury of Scripture

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(20) Travaileth with pain.--This and the following verses contain the result of this experience. Here, again, we have a highly-coloured and poetical description of the oppressor, true to the character of the speaker in Job 4:12, &c. We should read Job 15:20 : The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days, even the number of years that are laid up for the oppressor. It is not an independent statement, as in the Authorised Version. A sound of terror is for ever in his ears lest the spoiler should come upon him in his prosperity--he always seems to dread his war-swoop. And this condition of darkness within, which contrasts so painfully with his outward prosperity, he sees no escape from; he is over in fear of a sword hanging over him, like Damocles.

Verses 20-35. - Schultens calls this "a magnificently elaborate oration, crowded with illustrations and metaphors, in which it is shown that the wicked cannot possibly escape being miserable, but that the punishment which they have so richly deserved assuredly awaits them, and is to be inflicted on them, as an example and terror to others, by a holy and just God, because, just as he loves virtue, so he pursues vice with a fierce and deadly hatred" ('Liber Jobi,' p. 104, edit. R. Grey). Verse 20. - The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days. Certainly an over-statement of the truth. With a much nearer approach to the facts of the case, the Psalmist remarked, "I was grieved at the wicked: I do also see the ungodly in such prosperity. For they are in no peril of death, but are lusty and strong. They come in no misfortune like other folk; neither are they plagued like other men" (Psalm 73:3-5). And the number of years is hidden to the oppressor; rather, even the number of years that is laid up for the oppressor. So Merx and the Revised Version. Another possible meaning is, "And a [small] number of years is laid up," etc. If we take the former view, we must regard the clause as exegetical of "all his days." The wicked man travaileth with pain all his days,.... Either to commit iniquity, which he is at great pains to do, and even to weariness; and, agreeably to the metaphor used, he conceives it in his heart, he travails with it in his mind, and he brings forth falsehood and a lie, what disappoints him, and which issues in death, eternal death, see Psalm 7:14; or to get wealth and riches, in obtaining of which he pierces himself through with many sorrows; and these being like thorns, in using them he gets many a scratch, and has a good deal of trouble, pain, and uneasiness in keeping them, insomuch that he cannot sleep comfortably through fear of losing them; wherefore he does not enjoy that peace, comfort, and happiness, it may be thought he does; and, besides all this, he has many an inward pain and gripe of conscience for his many sins and transgressions, which lie at the door of conscience, and when it is opened rush in, and make sad work, and put him to great pain and distress; for otherwise this cannot be said of every wicked man, that they are in outward pain and distress, or in uncomfortable circumstances, at least in appearance; for of some it is said, "they are not in trouble as other men, neither are they plagued like other men", Psalm 73:5; they live wholly at ease, and are quiet, and die so, at least seemingly: some restrain this to some particular person whom Eliphaz might have in view; the Targum paraphrases it of wicked Esau, who it was expected would repent, but did not; others think that he had in his eye some notorious oppressor, that had lived formerly, or in his time, as Nimrod, the mighty hunter and tyrant, or Chedorlaomer, who held for some years several kings in subjection to him; but it is much if he does not design Job himself; however, he forms the description of the wicked man in such a manner, that it might as near as possible suit his case, and in many things he plainly refers to it: and this is a sad case indeed, for a wicked man to travail in pain all his days in this life, and in the world to come to suffer the pains of hell fire to all eternity; the pains of a woman, to which the allusion is, are but short at most, but those of the wicked man are for life, yea, for ever; and among the rest of his pains of mind, especially in this world, what follows is one, and which gives much uneasiness: and the number of years is hidden to the oppressor; Mr. Broughton renders it, soon numbered years; that is, few, as the years of man's life at most are but few, and those of the oppressor fewer still, since bloody and deceitful men do not live out half the days of the years of man's life, but are oftentimes cut off in the midst of their days; and be they more or fewer, they are all numbered and fixed, and the number of them is with God, and him only; they are fixed and settled by the decree of God, and laid up in his purposes, and reserved for the oppressor; but they are a secret to him, he does not know how long he shall live, or how soon he may die, and then there will be an end of his oppression and tyranny, and of his enjoyment of his wealth and riches unjustly got; and this frets him, and gives him pain, and makes him uneasy; whereas a good man is easy about it, he is willing to wait his appointed time, till his change comes; he is not so much concerned to know the time of his death as to be in a readiness for it. The Targum paraphrases this of Ishmael the mighty: the oppressor is the same with the wicked man in the preceding clause. 20. travaileth—rather, "trembleth of himself," though there is no real danger [Umbreit].

and the number of his years, etc.—This gives the reason why the wicked man trembles continually; namely, because he knows not the moment when his life must end.15:17-35 Eliphaz maintains that the wicked are certainly miserable: whence he would infer, that the miserable are certainly wicked, and therefore Job was so. But because many of God's people have prospered in this world, it does not therefore follow that those who are crossed and made poor, as Job, are not God's people. Eliphaz shows also that wicked people, particularly oppressors, are subject to continual terror, live very uncomfortably, and perish very miserably. Will the prosperity of presumptuous sinners end miserably as here described? Then let the mischiefs which befal others, be our warnings. Though no chastening for the present seemeth to be joyous, but grievous, nevertheless, afterward it yieldeth the peaceable fruits of righteousness to them that are exercised thereby. No calamity, no trouble, however heavy, however severe, can rob a follower of the Lord of his favour. What shall separate him from the love of Christ?
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